Pasteis De Carne (fried Pastries With Meat Filling)

Recipe by Derf2440
READY IN: 2hrs 55mins




  • To prepare the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
  • Add the melted shortening and warm milk and water.
  • Mix to a smooth dough and cut into 2 pieces.
  • To prepare the filling, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until soft and golden.
  • Add the tomatoes, ground beef and salt.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes until almost dry.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add the chopped parsley, egg, cheese and olives and mix well.
  • To assemble pastries, roll out the pastry on a floured board to 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Cut 12, 4 inch circles from each piece, 24 circles.
  • Place 1 tablespoon filling on each circle and moisten around the edge with warm water.
  • Fold over and seal the edges well.
  • Deep fry in preheated 375f degree oil for 4 to 5 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Remove with slotted spoon and drain on absorbent paper towel.
  • The pastries are also delicious cold and make good picnic fare.
  • They may also be made without the ground beef.
  • Variation to replace ground beef, use finely chopped ham, chopped chicken, or shrimp.